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Dear Employees,

Many of the questions we are currently receiving focus on union authorization cards/emails, what they mean, and how they are used. Union authorization cards are critical to the success of any union’s organizing campaign. If enough employees sign a union authorization card, the union can petition the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for an election seeking to represent those employees.

The union card/email is a legal document and typically states: “I (name) authorize the union to represent me in collective bargaining.” Sign-in sheets, attendance records at union information meetings, requests for more union information and other paper documents and emails could also be considered legal documents and count toward calling an election depending on what they say. Please be sure you understand what you are signing and how it can be used.

You may want to ask:

  • Exactly how is this being used?
  • Is this a legally binding document?
  • If I change my mind and am no longer interested, can I revoke this? How?
  • What does “represent me” mean?
  • Does this mean I’m asking for a vote to unionize?

Every employee has the right to sign a union card if they choose to do so, but we prefer to deal directly with our staff and don’t think a union would help us here. Before making such a decision, we encourage you to get all the facts. Our hope is that we continue to operate our service area and hospitals as we have since we first started our ministry of care in Arizona 123 years ago, which is together, without a third party.

If you have questions about union authorization cards or other union-related activities, we and other members of the leadership team welcome the opportunity to provide you with answers.

Sincerely,

Linda Hunt
President and CEO
Dignity Health
Arizona Service Area
Mark Slyter
President and CEO
Chandler Regional Medical Center
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
Patty White
President and CEO
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center